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March - April 2010, Vol 48, Issue 1
March - April 2010, Vol 48, Issue 1


March - April  2010
Vol 48, Issue 1

16949 Wedgeworth Dr., Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

Founded 1962

 Letter from the President/CEO

Dear Friends of the Youth Science Center:


Once again, thank you all for your continuing support.  Given the budget crisis in California and the cuts in funding for education, your support is needed more than ever.  Support for non-profits and groups like the Youth Science Center is absolutely vital, as we provide the supplemental educational opportunities for young and curious minds. 


A few projects currently in place:


      We are currently planning for our annual gala, which will be a big event this year on November 19.  Please let us know if you are interested in getting involved.

      We will be exploring collaborations with various other agencies such as the California Space Education & Workforce Institute.

      The Magical World of Water 5th grade program is important now, more than ever, given the water crisis.  We are working closely with our sponsors, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to provide water education classes at no cost to the school. 

      We are also in the process of finalizing plans for the outreach and summer programs, partially funded by Southern California Edison, with scholarships provided by Supervisor Don Knabe.  We will keep you updated!


Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or supporting the YSC.


As always, my door is always open.


Many thanks,

Ling-Ling Chang

President & CEO

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In This Issue
YSC Donations
Water Education Programs
Satuday Science Classes
Science Fair Projects
Honor Students
Teaching Science to Minorities
Middle School API Scores
What Makes a Great Teacher
Whittier Science Program
Rorimer Podcasts
Time for a Tutor?
Article Headline
BEST Arts Conference
Community Events
48th Ag District News
YSC Officers and Board Members Nominated

   At the February 22nd YSC Board meeting the following were nominated for 1 year terms
beginning April 26:

     Chairman          Ron Chong
     Vice-Chairman   Jeff Parriott
     Secretary          Walter Clark
     Treasurer           William Yuen

   Nominated for 3-year board terms:

      Kim Bach, Patricia Smith, Leon Garcia and William Yuen

    Nominated for a 2-year board term:

      Ted Ebenkamp

    Officers and board members will be confirmed at the April 26 board meeting,
  7 pm at Wedgeworth School.

Summer Science Camp for 2010
  The 2010 summer science camp will run from June 21 to July 30 at Wedgeworth Elementary School.

  Last year's students will get a printed program in the mail.  New parents can get one mailed to them when the schedule is released in May by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with your postal address.

   You can also help greatly by telling your friends about our program.  We are offering over 130
 week long classes in hands-on science and computers for grades K-8.

   Thank you for your support!

                                    of the tiger

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!   The Chinese New Year was celebrated on February 14th.   The new
year varies every year and is always on the second new moon following the winter solstice.

People born under the year of the Tiger tend to have very go-ahead personalities, they love to be the center of attention and are often very fortunate and full of drive.

You are a Tiger if you were born in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 and 1998.
US Census 2010
  The United States Census will take place on April 1, 2010.  You should have received the
10 question form to fill out and return.  You will need to provide key demographic information,
including:  whether a house is rented or owned, the address of the residence and the
names, genders, ages and races of others living in the household.

It is extremely important that everyone gets counted!  Every  year the federal government
allocates $400 billion to states and communities based in part, on census data.  It will also
determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For more information about the 2010 Census, go to

The YSC water education outreach program for public and private school 5th grade
classes continued with classes at Fairgrove, California, Palm and Wedgeworth
schools in January.

  Since the program began in May 2008, over 1000 students have participated in this program about water and conservation.

 The program is underwritten by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
(a water wholesaler which supplies local water districts) and the Sanitation Districts of
 Los Angeles County.  The free program consists of three 50-minute hands-on lessons
 followed by an optional field trip to the San Jose Creek Water Treatment Plant in
 north Whittier.  Each students receives a 20-page student workbook to go along with
 the lessons.  Eligible schools must be in the USGVWD service area.  See map.

Contact the YSC at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to have the program at your school. 

  Below:  Students do colorimetric testing for chlorine in water samples at Wedgeworth Elementary. 

Project WET Lesson 3
Migrant Education Saturday Classes in Full Swing
By Michele Rega

The Migrant Education Program, held at Rio Vista Elementary in Pico Rivera, is off to another exciting science adventure. Entering its third session, the classes are in full swing. The K-2 students are manipulating anatomy as Patrice Stanzione teaches them to "Hug their Humerus'" and create skeleton characters out of straws. The 3-5 graders are chiseling away with Dee Rathman as they learn how to be Jr. Geologists with her amazing rock collections. Last but not least, the 6-8 graders are cracking the codes as they discover the wonders of the periodic table with Grace Burns, and realize that Ca stands for more than just California. Stay tuned for more thrilling adventures from the Migrant Education Program.  

Science Fair Project Assistance
Project ideas
 In a few months it will be time for science fair projects.  If your student needs
help in finding a good project, log in to the Science Buddies website at
You can browse their directory of science fair projects or use the topic wizard to help
find a project.
Honor Students

As Honor Students Multiply, Who Really Is One?

January 1, 2010.  COMMACK, N.Y. - There have been so many honor societies created at Commack High School on Long Island in recent years that some students ended up in six or seven of them, racking up memberships like so many merit badges or thanks-for-playing trophies.

But the school reversed course this school year, cutting out its 28-student technology honor society and combining those for sign language, Latin, German and French. That left 11 societies, and a community wondering how much honor is too much.

For the complete article in the NY Times click here.
Teaching Science To Minority Students
  Irving R. Epstein, Brandeis University
  January 3, 2010

 At most universities, freshman chemistry, a class I've taught for nearly 40 years, is the first course students take on the road to a career in the health professions or the biological or physical sciences. It's a tough course, and for many students it's the obstacle that keeps them from majoring in science. This is particularly true for minority students.

In 2005, more than two-thirds of the American scientific workforce was composed of white males. But by 2050, white males will make up less than one-fourth of the population. If the pipeline fails to produce qualified nonwhite scientists, we will, in effect, be competing against the rest of the world with one hand tied behind our backs.

We've been able to survive for the last several decades in large measure because of the "brain drain" -- the fact that the most able students from other countries, particularly China and India, have come here to study science at our best universities and, in many cases, have stayed to become key players in our scientific endeavors.

For the complete Los Angeles Times article and what the professors learned from Chinese American students, click here.

Middle School API Scores for 2009

 API Scores               2009 2008
Middle School/District    
Carmenita/ABC 936 898
Chaparral Middle/Walnut 920 902
Suzanne Middle/Walnut 915 918
Mesa Robles/Hacienda La Puente 904 885
South Pointe Middle/Walnut 892 870
Goddard/Glendora 872 861
Alvarado/Rowland 859 844
Newton Middle/HLP 846 819
Sandburg Middle/Glendora 833 837
El Roble Intermediate/Claremont 829 840
Orange Grove MiddleHLP 824 789
Muscatel Middle/Rosemead 822 811
Lorbeer Middle/Pomona 816 838
Granada Middle/E Whittier 804 806
Torch Middle/Bassett 800 783
East Whittier Middle/ E Whittier 799 797
Hollencrest Middle/West Covina 799 795
Tetzlaff/ABC 798 789
Sparks Middle/HLP 792 738
Ross/ABC 789 759
Sierra Vista Middle/HLP 781 716
Macy Int/Montebello 779 767
Sierra Vista Intermediate/Covina 776 777
Haskell/ABC 775 770
Las Palmas Intermediate/Covina 763 772
Cedarlane Middle/HLP 760 761
Traweek Intermediate/Covina 756 741
Rincon/Rowland 756 751
Edgewood Middle/West Covina 752 747
Hillview Middle/E Whittier 747 762
Grandview Middle/HLP 741 713
La Merced Int/Montebello 728 687
Giano/Rowland 699 723
Montebello Int/Montebello 689 679
Suva Int/Montebello 689 643
Eastmont Int/Montebello 682 672
Bell Gardens Int/Montebello 667 649
Palomares Middle/Pomona 663 630
Simons Middle/Pomona 660 661
Fedde/ABC 650 652
Emerson Middle/Pomona 640 621
Fremont Middle/Pomona 635 634
Marshall/Pomona 617 652
Rancho San Joaquin/Irvine 955 937
Sierra Vista Middle/Irvine 943 930
Lakeside Middle/Irvine 942 927
Venado Middle/Irvine 919 900
South Lake Middle/Irvine 914 922
Parks/Fullerton Ele 901 887
Yorba (Bernardo) /Placentia-Yorba Linda 881 864
Brea Jr/Brea-Olinda 874 861
Yorba Linda Middle/Placentia-Yorba Linda 864 854
Tuffree/Placentia-Yorba Linda 856 825
Ladera Vista Jr/Fullerton Ele 834 799
Kraemer Jr/Placentia-Yorba Linda 797 773
Imperial Middle/La Habra 739 733
Nicolas Jr./Fullerton Ele 735 633
Washington Middle/La Habra 729 717
Canyon Hills Jr./Chino 877 876
Woodcrest Jr/Chino 757 746
Magnolia Jr./Chino 754 769
Ramona Jr./Chino 708 715

What Makes A Great Teacher?      Atlantic Magazine

Teach For America found that superstar teachers tend to set big goals for their students.   They were also looking for ways to improve their own effectiveness.  Great teachers constantly re-evaluate what they are doing.

Superstar teachers had four other tendencies in common: (1) they avidly recruited students and their families into the process; (2) they maintained focus, ensuring that everything they did contributed to student learning; (3) they planned exhaustively and purposefully -- for the next day
or the year ahead -- by working backward from the desired outcome; and (4) they worked relentlessly, refusing to surrender to the combined menaces of poverty, bureaucracy and budgetary shortfalls.

One way great teachers ensure that kids are learning is to frequently check for understanding:  Are
the kids -- ALL of the kids -- following what you are saying?  Asking "Does anyone have any questions?"  does not work, and it's a classic rookie mistake.  Students are not the best judges of their own learning. They might understand a line read aloud from a Shakespeare play, but have no idea what happened in the last act.

Teach for America, in hiring teachers, found that a history of perseverance was a predictor of success. Applicants are asked to talk about overcoming challenges in their lives.  Those who scored high for "grit" -- defined as perseverance and a passion for long-term goals were 31 percent more likely than their less gritty peers to spur academic growth in their students.  Gritty people, the theory goes, work harder and stay committed to their goals longer.   Last year Teach for America chose 4,100 new teachers from 35,000 candidates to teach in low-income schools.

A trait even more important were teachers who scored high in "life satisfaction" were 43 percent more likely to perform well in the classroom than their less satisfied colleagues.  These teachers "may be more adept at engaging their pupils, and their zest and enthusiasm may spread to their students," according to a study written by Angela Lee Duckworth and colleagues in the November 2009 issue of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Teach for America found that past performance is the best predictor of future performance.  Teachers who have achieved big, measurable goals in college tend to do so as teachers.  The two best metrics of previous success tend to be grade-point average and "leadership achievement" -- a record of running something and showing tangible results.  If you not only led a tutoring program but doubled its size, that's promising.    A good predictor of success is the GPA of the last two years in college.  If an applicant starts out with mediocre grades and improves, that is more revealing than getting straight A's all along.

Generally people who attended a selective college are more likely to excel as teachers, although
going to an Ivy League school does not guarantee success in the classroom.  Meanwhile,
a master's degree in education seems to have no impact on classroom effectiveness.

For the complete article in the January/February issue of THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, click here.

  Whittier City District Hands-on Science Program Excites Students

Superstar teacher Patricia Smith heads up the

science program for Whittier City District and

also teaches in the YSC summer session


  Bringing Wonder to Classrooms


Take a walk down the hallways at Daniel Phelan School in Whittier and you will hear and see

science come to life.


Fourth graders in Buffie Ciaglia's class are squealing with delight as they discover how

light bulbs work.  Wendy  Fontas' students are carefully adding plants to terrariums

full of fish as they observe "environmental factors."


Further down the hall, fifth grade teacher Anthony Granado is prompting his students

to make claims and provide evidence from a recent explore that involved swinging

short and long string pendulums.  And in kindergarten, Vanessa Apodaca instructs

little carpenters to record in their science notebooks how plywood is made.


So how did these teachers learn how to present stimulating hands on, grade

appropriate science to their classes?


It's time to point the finger and applaud fellow teacher Pat Smith who has worked

hard with a science cadre to develop curriculum for the  Whittier City School

District (WCSD).


"Science will always be a source of wonder; as it brings out 'the kid' in all of us," says

Pat, who was nominated in 1997 for the Presidential Science Teachers Award and

was recently honored as Teacher of the Year by the Youth Science Center of the

San Gabriel Valley.


Pat's road to supporting the WCSD began in 1998 when she received a three-year grant

to promote inquiry-based, hands-on science from the National Science Foundation,

CAPSI (Caltech) and Pasadena Unified City School District.


As the school district Program Coordinator for SEARCH (Science Education Actively

Realized in Children's Hands), Pat worked with district teachers to develop a kit-based

program in WCSD that networks with Caltech scientists and their community.


After the WCSD adopted the FOSS science units last year, Pat formed a Science Leadership

team with Principal Kathy Marin and the four teachers mentioned above.  They were selected

to participate in the FOSS Leadership Academy, a program co-sponsored by the Lawrence Hall of Science, Delta Publishing and the K-12 Alliance.  The Academy works with teams

from 10 districts in the state to explore how to build sustainable science education.


As part of their Academy experiences, this team gathers monthly to reflect on the

effectiveness of their science program. Each team member meets with a grade level

buddy to discuss students' understanding of concepts, recording in notebooks,

assessments, etc.  In fact, the team recently invited pairs of students to present their

notebooks and a lesson to school board members.


Science Leadership Team members and their buddies regularly host a Science

Night where parents and siblings get the opportunity to perform science experiments -

investigations that students have done earlier with teachers in their classrooms.  Science


Nights are popular and well-attended events that really connect the community to science.


While there are many duties on Pat's plate, one of her favorite involves working with replenishment clerk Sylvia Miro to nurture and deliver living

organisms to the schools.  With these creatures, science certainly comes alive for students and teachers alike.


"With education funds being cut in California at an alarming rate, we have learned how to breed our own critters in most cases," she explains. "Cray fish nurseries, guppy and goldfish tanks, isopod condos, worms and snails are easy to maintain if you have the stomach for it," she says.  "Our specialty is the gulf fritillary butterfly as we raise them on passion fruit vines on each campus."


So, don't be surprised if after a walk through Daniel Phelan School, as you head outside, you

are greeted with lovely butterflies, a symbol of the enduring power of science to bring awe and inspiration to children of all ages.  Thank you Pat, for making it happen every school day of the year!


Published in the March 2010 issue of

"What's The Big Idea?" a publication of

the K-12 Alliance.


Pat Smith Outdoors


Pat Smith shows students how to use hand-held microscopes

Rorimer students voiceover

    YSC instructor Troy Majeska holds microphone for Rorimer students to do voiceover introductions for their first podcast

Can you say "Be water wise" three times fast?

Monica Cortez, a student at Rorimer Elementary School in La Puente can. But the 10-year-old has been practicing for the "Wise Water Team - Spouting Off" project.

The Rowland Unified kids want to teach other students how to conserve water in this ongoing drought; so they've using their new podcast skills go get the word out.

In fact, they recently received a $500 grant from the Water Education Awareness Committee.  The Rowland Water District is a member of the committee.

"We want to use the money for new microphones for our podcasts," explained Marianne O'Quinn, assistant principal who applied for the grant.

The water wise students are using their newfound podcast skills to generate the public service accouncements.  They're working diligently on their first conservationcast.

"Save water by turning off the faucet while you're brushing your teeth.  Don't let it keep running," read Erika Gutierrez as the video cliop played out on the monitor in front of her.

The 12-year old reporter was doing the voiceover for her podcast with the help of Steven Gonzalez.  The 11-year old audio editor watched the soundtrack cascade across the control screen, synching it to the video.

In addition to the conservation tips, the students were compiling podcasts about their elementary school.  They want to talk about the jogathon, cheerleaders and other things at their school.

The students have spent the school  year learning alol the programs on their new Apple computers.  O'Quinn said the computers were purchased with a $25,000 donation from Ken Hicks, the husband of Principal Audrey Hicks. 

The stylish computers came loaded with many programs, including iMovies, Garage Band and iPhoto.

To learn the new computer progams, the school got help from the Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights, which offered instructor Troy Majeska.

Majeska taught a class twice a week after school, beginnin in September.  The fourth, fifth and sixth graders learned about audio/video recording and sound engineering.

The students also studied journalsim and public speaking to produce their podcasts.

"The students really know their stuff, now their running the podcasts themselves," bragged Principal Hicks.

The students pick their own topics, then write a script for their podcasts.

"I like taking videos," said 9-year-old Jasmine Melgar.

 Jasmine Perez, 9, and Daniela Loza, 11, agree that producting the podcasts was "fun."

Fifth grader Anderson Wu, 10, noted that he had worked on the podcast about Red Ribbon week at Rorimer.

The 10 GATE students even give up their lunch recess to work in the podcasts.  Now that's dedication to your art.

But it does take lots of practice.  Water wise, water wise, water wise.

By Richard Irwin
Highlander Staff Writer
Published January 14, 2010

  January 2010.   Once the purview of struggling students with affluent parents, now the $3.5 billion industry caters to kids of all ages, aptitudes, and income levels. But unlike organic lettuce whose price point dropped when it went into mass production, tutoring hasn't necessarily become any more affordable or effective as a result of going mainstream.

Are you considering tutoring for your child?  Check out these tips and warnings before plunking down the hard cash and filling up your child's recreational time.

For the complete article by the staff of Great Schools, click here.
Free Anitivirus Program
  YSC recently took one of its PC desktops in to the local conputer shop, OA Technology, in the
Albertsons's shopping center at Azusa and Colima.  In addition to booting up slowly and
just acting lethargic, the OA and technician recommended replacing our AVG antivirus program
with the free product offered by Avira.   A "deep clean" of the hard drive was also
performed for $80.

  You can access the Avira download site by clicking here.  As with other freebie
antivirus software, upgrades to premium versions is available for Avira.   Give it a
try and see if it helps.
BEST Arts Conference

   The 11th Annual BEST Arts Conference will be held Saturday, March 20 from 8 am to
3:45 pm at Long Beach City College.  The $48 fee includes a continental breakfast and
box lunch and registration for 3 ninety-minute classes.   Attendees will choose from 26 different
art-related hands-on workshops led by outstanding artist/educators including the
YSC's George Lightholder.  Keynote speaker Sharron Krull will present "Sharin' with Sharron,' a talk on Movement Play and Physical Activity.  Conference schedule and registration form can be downloaded here.

The conference is for Early Childhood Educators and Caregivers and is sponsored in
part by Head Start, the Miller Foundation and Supervisor Don Knabe.

YSC Activities and Announcements

   The YSC came in first place in the December Puente Hills Mall shopping contest.  Thanks to
everyone who helped make this possible.   A check for $5,000 will be received from  Mall Marketing
Director Carolyn Ramirez.

  Barb Fish  Barbara Fish, 81, passed away on January 28.   She was a community activist who embodied the spirit of Hacienda Heights and strongly believed in the mission of the YSC.  Barbara was also a steward of the environment, having served on the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Authority.   Barbara will be missed greatly.


  Below:  Students at Del Valle Elementary assemble circuit boards for their Blinking Robot projects on January 28.  YSC instructor Lyle Majeska teaches this class on basic electronics.

Blinking                                     Robots

Ed Hernandez

   The YSC participated in Assemblyman Ed Hernandez' Holiday Toy Drive  for foster children on December 14.
The event was held at Torch Middle School in Bassett.   Pictured above are  Vicky Soong, Assemblyman Hernandez, Judy Chong and Ron Chong.

    January 5:  State Farm Agent/Owner Cindy Delgado Wheeler presented the YSC with a $1,000 check for doing Starlab programs as part of the State Farm Es Para Mi initiative to assist schools in Hispanic communities.
  State Farm 2009

Blandford Cultural

  February 18:  Pat Smith shows students how to make a water cycle bracelet at Blandford
Elementary's Asian Cultural Night.

Ling Wedding

   Here Comes The Bride:  YSC President Ling-Ling Chang is escorted to the altar
with her parents Dr. and Mrs. Simon Chang with the song "At Last" by Etta James in the air. 
The groom was Andrew Wong, an attorney and member of the Pomona School Board.  
The January 23rd ceremony and dinner took place at the Pacific Palms hotel.

   Update of YSC Alumni:

     Rae-Shay Chen reports that her daughter Catherine Chen is an intern at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  Catherine is specializing in internal medicine.  The hospital is affiliated with Washington University.  Rae-Shay teaches Chinese at Los Altos High School.

     Andre Wong (B.S. Astrophysics, UCLA) is working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia at Richmond.  He will be in residence for a few months at the site of the new Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, currently one of the largest telescopes in the world.  The double mirrors are equivalent to a 22-meter telescope.  Learn about this telescope here.
Community Events
Hsi Lai Concert
     Saturday February 27 at 7 pm.  Location:  Hsi Lai Temple Auditorium
    3456 S. Glenmark Drive, Hacienda Heights 91745.

     The students have practiced for the past 6 months to make this a
     memorable concert.  They will play  The Marriage of Figaro Overutre,
     Concert for Two Oboes, Dream Pantomine, Hadyn Symphony No 94
     "Surprise" and Verdi's La Traviata Waltz

50th Hillcrest Festival of Fine Arts.  Friday/ Saturday February 26-27 10 to 5 pm,  Sunday  February 28 11:30 to 5 pm at the Hillcrest Congregational Church, 2000 West Road, La Habra Heights.  FREE ADMISSION.  Overflow parking and free shuttle on Friday at the AMF Friendly Hills Bowl, 15545 E Whittier Blvd, and Saturday and Sunday at Bright Medical Center, 15725 E Whittier Blvd.  For in

Earth Day 2010 at the LA County Sanitation District Office

Join us on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Earth Day 2010! This is a free community-wide event that seeks to promote environmental awareness and education for the whole family. The event features educational booths, interactive workshops, arts and crafts, activities for children, music, and much more. Learn what you can do to conserve and protect the environment!  Stop by and visit the YSC booth!

Earth Day 2010 will be held at the Sanitation Districts Joint Administration Office Parking Lot, located at 1955 Workman Mill Road in Whittier. Event parking will be located at 13181/13191 Crossroads Parkway North. Shuttle service will be provided.

The following free admissions are made available by Target

       Bowers Museum, first Sunday of every month.   10 am - 4 pm

       California African American Museum, first Sunday of every month  11 am - 5 pm

       Children's Museum at La Habra,  first Saturday of the month  10 am - 5 pm

       Japanese American National Museum, second Saturday of the month except August 11 am - 4 pm

       Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) federal holiday Mondays from 12 to 8 pm

       Museum of Latin American Art, Every Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

       Orange County Museum of Art, second Sunday of each month
Donald Bauman   48th Agriculture District Has Teacher Resources
48th Ag LogoThe 48th Agriculture District office is located on the MSAC campus.   It has a wide variety of teacher resources for agriculture-related topics.  

The materials are free, but teachers must agree to participate in the School's Agriculture and Nutrition Fair, held at the Pomona Fairplex.

The district has assembled teaching materials from diverse sources, and purchase or receive donations of books, hydroponics materials, bread kits, incubators and aquariums and chillers. The resource center provides a one-stop shopping center for teachers - materials for about 60 projects in one place- so they can select a project that coordinates with what they are required to teach in their grades.

The latest newsletters can be downloaded from their website at

For more information or to schedule a visit, phone (909) 468-4433 or visit their website

Schools' Agriculture and Nutrition Program
48th District Agricultural Association
June thru September: Monday thru Friday; October thru May: Tuesday thru Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
(909) 468-4433; Fax (909) 468-4439

Use For Your Online Purchases


The Youth Science Center is excited to announce its involvement as a Museum Partner with  As a Museum Partner, anyone shopping online with their favorite national retailers can have a portion of their purchase directed to the Youth Science Center at no additional cost. is nationally recognized with hundreds of Museum Partners across the country. Whether you are in the market for books, office supplies, apparel, gifts, travel reservations, home improvement, school supplies, toys, electronics, flowers or gourmet food.  You name it, the place to start is at! 


Participation is simple and secure. To designate a portion of your next online purchase to (YOUR MUSEUM NAME HERE), simply:

   Go to

  Log in.


  Then just click on the link of the store you want to visit and go about your shopping. Stores are organized by categories.

The percentage of your purchase will be tracked automatically as long as you begin each time at 


Please use each time you shop online and spread the word to friends and family. (THE YOUTH SCIENCE CENTER appreciates your support.

YSC Partners with Cars4Causes
Cars 4 Causes
Do you have a car or other vehicle, tent trailer or boat which you would like to donate to the YSC? 
We have partnered with to make the process easy.  The YSC
will receive 75% of the net from each vehicle donated through this program.
Click here to go to the YSC/Cars4Causes page.
Recycle Printer Cartridges to the YSC
Ink Jet Generic
Please drop off your used inkjet and laser cartridges of ANY BRAND to the YSC in Room 8.   We will use them
to get credit to purchase office supplies.   Thanks for your support!
Jelly BabiesFeatured Items at the YSC Store.

  Zcardz:  We have a new stock of the popular Zcardz.  Each packet has 5 cards which turn into
 3-D models.  The series includes Aircraft, Extreme Vehicles, Flying Aces, Star Fighters and
 Street Racers.   The Zcardz retail for $2.50 -- available at the YSC for only $2.00 each including tax!
 For ages 8 and up.  More Zcardz from the following series are now available:  Dinosaurs, Sky Fighters,
 Motorcycles, Prehistoric Animals, Tanks, Wints and Racecars!  


ZCardz:  3D models of aircrafts and dinosaurs.  Each pack has five models.  Only $2.00 each.

HOT NEW ITEM!   Insect Bracelets and Key Chains In Lucite.  We have a nice selection of insects which

will 'fly off the shelves.'  Regularly $7.99 elsewhere, they are only $4.95 in the YSC store, TAX INCLUDED.  Bracelets are adjustable and made of fabric.

of fabric material.  Imported.

Insect BraceletsInsect Key Chain


   NOW AVAILABLE: Insect 'N Side Candy.   The perfect accompaniment for your insect  bracelet:  An edible

scorpion encased in a amber-colored candy by Hotlix.  Impress your friends!   Only $3 each.   Regular $5.

They are finger-lickin' good, but not for the squeamish.



Eyewitness Kits:  From the maker of Eyewitness Books.  Learn about Whales, Butterflies, Sharks, Fossils, and Space Shuttles, on sale for $10, regularly $11.

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Visiting the Hacienda Heights Youth Science Center
The Youth Science Center operates a hands-on science center in Hacienda Heights in Room 8 of Wedgeworth Elementary School. (Map)  Since 1984, visitors have enjoyed our free-of-charge science center.
The Youth Science Center is open Tuesday and Friday from 12:00 P.M. to 3:45 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M during the school year.
  Visiting guests can also enjoy the Youth Science Center store, which is stocked with various science related materials.  For more information regarding the Youth Science Center please call (626) 854-9825.

The mission of the Youth Science Center is to inform, instruct, and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the excitement of science and technology through exhibits and programs that promote learning through interaction.
New YSC Tee-Shirts Available
red tee shirt
     The new YSC logo with the slogan, Inform, Instruct, Inspire are available for purchase.
The blue and yellow logo can be ordered in red, white, blue and grey materials.  Sizes
available are children's S-M-L-XL and adults S-M-L-X-XL-XXL-XXXL.   Cost is only $10.
Size XXL and XXXL are $3 extra.   This is a fundraising project for the YSC.  Prices are
for pickup at the YSC office.   Tees can be mailed for $3 each for shipping and handling.
To order:  Send a check for the amount to YSC, 16949 Wedgeworth Drive, Hacienda Heights,
CA 91745. 

The Antenna

The official newsletter of the Youth Science Center is published February, April, June, October and December.  The Youth Science Center was founded in 1962 in Fullerton.  The Hacienda Heights branch was established in 1984.  The Youth Science Center's Tax ID Number is 95-2273238.

President and CEO: Ling-Ling Chang
YSC Board of Directors:                                       Hacienda Heights Site Committe:
Chairman: Ron Chong                                            Museum Director: Judy Chong
Vice-Chairman:  Kim Bach                                     Summer Registration:  Carla Neiswender
Treasurer:  William Yuen                                       Summer Director: Phyllis Vandeventer
Secretary:  Walter Clark                                    
                                                                            Star Lab Director: Mariann Hess
Members of the Board of Directors:                     Star Lab Instructors: Judy Dominguez and Mike Vandeventer
Phyllis Vandeventer              Leon Garcia                Museum Aides: Evelyn Fuentes and Doris Hoffman
Patricia Smith                      Manuel Serrano           Member at Large: Rolin Soong, Edy Au and Chris Maerling
Jeff Parriott                         Vicky Soong                Store Purchasing: Dorothy Chu and Vicky Soong
Jose Romo                                                            Grant Writing: Teri Malkin
                                                                            Antenna Editor: Ron Chong
                                                                            Chair, Executive Comm.: Manuel Serrano
                                                                            Bookkeeping:  Edy Au
Save 5% For a limited of time save five percent off any purchase of $20 or greater at the Youth Science Center's store.  To receive this discount, just print out this coupon and give it to the store clerk at the time of purchase. 
Offer Expires:  April 1, 2010
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